Last year, we launched our first-ever High Holy Day Services at the Miramar Cultural Center. We had no idea what to expect, but we knew we had a great foundation of an unaffiliated community and needed to serve them with a spiritual, uplifting service that they would love!
Looking back, we accomplished so much last year. We hired a great pr firm to design our website, purchased a great deal of technology and equipment, hired a great accompanist, and then went about creating a service we thought would be original and inspirational. It was a huge risk, for sure. I put my life on the line for the cost of an 800 seat theater, and could have been left holding a very expensive bill if nobody had shown up!
But, as with all things, when you have that feeling in your gut, and know that if you “build it, they will come” – it all follows suit. And by the time we walked off the stage last year, I was so sad it was over, and so overwhelmed with what an amazing experience it truly was!
So – this year – we’re back! With plans to go from 400 to 600, we have made some minor changes in the services, hired a percussionist, and my friend Janie Grackin will be joining us as a 3rd clergy member, and storytelling extraordinaire!
Our Broward County community has grown again this year! I have over 90 kids in a Hebrew School program, and this year I will have performed over 35 B-Mitzvah ceremonies for my families, along with even more weddings. My Dad, Rabbi Steve, has gotten so busy in Mexico that he’s about to take a 6 month “leave” from SK to serve the destination community in Playa del Carmen.
But first, we’re planning our “best year ever”, by continuing to serve our West Broward community with a positive message for HiHos, a year of hope and inspiration, of friends and families, of joy and happiness, and of our love of being Jewish, and our faith in God.
We cannot wait to see you – to shake your hand, or give you a hug, and welcome you to our services whether you are returning or attending for the first time. Please drop me a line and let me know you’re coming – I want to greet you personally!
See you in September!